(Disclaimer: this visit actually occurred in 2008, but include it here for convenience)
Ashland’s Railroad District is a wonderful reminder of American Nostalgic Capitalism: that is, take a historically viable, run-down area, and revitalize it. (The historical part is in pretty good shape; the revitalization continues to be a work-in-progress).
Probably suggested before how towns often built up & away from RR, but Ashland’s is tucked away at what was once possibly “the edge of town”. (Sorta nice in a way: there’s no “other side of the tracks” from which to be.)
At any rate, a few hints…